dover, canterbury, london | canterbury cathedral & tonkotsu ramen

By September 04, 2013 , , ,

We woke up bright and early the day we were set to leave France for England.

Not entirely willing to leave the B&B quite yet, we tried to stay in bed as long as possible, but because our car rental was due to be returned, we had no choice but to head over to the port in Calais to wait for our ferry across.

When I first found out that we would be traveling to England on a ferry, I had this image of a tiny boat, like the ones you usually do river cruises on.

Instead, we were greeted by a massive ship, more like a cruiseship than a typical ferry. There was a long ramp for food-passengers to enter the ship, and on board, shops and restaurants and rooms for resting.

We eventually made it to Dover and jellyfish spotted on the way. It took us a while to find our luggage, but once we did, we made the drive over to Canterbury Cathedral which was absolutely magnificent.

After snapping a few pictures and looking around, we headed over to the town center which was surprisingly more "big city" like than a reflection of city the size of Canterbury.

We grabbed lunch at EAT which quickly became my to-go place for a quick meal. 

At EAT, they have a selection of hot and cold foods available for purchase. Their sandwiches are absolutely amazing (esp the BLT), but their noodles and soups are equally wonderful. 

You pick up a bowl of noodles from their fridge and they had hot soup to it and heat it up. It doesn't sound very appetizing, but I assure you, it tastes much better than it looks or sounds.

Tummies filled, we headed off to London! Where more food awaits...

Because we had gotten into London quite late, most places we had wanted to go to had already closed. So, defeated, we headed over to Tonkotsu in SOHO for some much-craved ramen. 

Like literally, I had been looking forward to going since June.

On the table they provide you with some soy sauce, vinegar, chili oil (which is the absolute best), and my favorite, garlic which you can crush yourself.

I don't know what it is with me and garlic but everyone knows I add an unhealthy amount of it to anything I can. So, best part of the meal was being able to add and crush my own garlic. The only downside is that I usually can't stop myself and end up adding too much.

Those of you who live in an area where you can get your hands on some Ippudo ramen know how absolutely addicting that stuff is. My friend took my cousin and I to one in Hong Kong last Summer and it completely ruined me. Ever since then, I have not been able to find a single ramen place that satisfies my ramen craving. 

That's why one of the things I really wanted to do was go to a ramen place in London. After hearing so many rave reviews, we decided on Tonkotsu over Bone Daddies (which I wish I went to also) and it was every bit amazing as I imagined it would be.

Craving completely satisfied.

The pork bone soup base was absolutely to die for. My only qualm was that it wasn't hot enough, but that's a minor complaint.

If you are ever there, you NEED to check out the Eat the Bits Chili oil that is found on every table. It's probably more addicting than anything I've ever had and I'm pretty sure I ate the whole jar.. bits and oil included. 

They're available for purchase at the restaurant, or at Tsuru, the restaurant that actually makes them. I'm upset I didn't bring a few jars home, but my luggage was absolutely jammed already.

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After a filling and very satisfying dinner, we headed over to Regent Street to do some light shopping and stroll around the neighborhood.

What I would give to actually live there.


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4 Lovely Replies

  1. Looks like you had a great day, just looking at your EAT pictures has made me hungry haha. Think I will have to make a stop to my local on tomorrow now to get rid of my cravings!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  2. Sounds like a lovely outing! Gorgeous pictures as well. <3